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Timber percussionist.
Credit: Courtesy of Base

Get your photographic, crafty, garage band, and edible-optional Friday arts picks!

It's getting darker and colder by the day here in the Northwest. All the more reason to find some interesting things to do. As we do most Fridays, we gathered recommendations for events to check out. Today, KUOW’s Kim Malcolm talked to Margo Vansynghel, who writes about arts and culture for Crosscut.

This interview has been edited for clarity.

Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective. Seattle Art Museum

Imogen Cunningham was a very influential black and white photographer in the 20th century. She's known as a California photographer, but she grew up here in Seattle. She studied at the University of Washington and opened her first studio here. I'm excited for Seattleites to learn more about her work and her influential career.

I feel like the word trailblazer is often overused, but I think for her it really fits. In the 20th century, she really made her mark in photography when it was still really dominated by men. She had such a good eye. She knew exactly what she wanted, within the frame, outside of the frame, how to play with light and shadow. It’s very crisp.

Urban Craft Uprising

This is a giant indie craft fair happening this Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center, and then also outdoors in South Lake Union next Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be tons of tables with wares made by not only local artists, but artists from across the U.S. You'll find jewelry, handbags, ceramics, candles, embroidery, you name it. If you need a gift for the holidays, it's a perfect time to head down there. And it's free.

Murder City Devils at The Crocodile

The Devils are this punk garage-rock band from Seattle from the 90s. They'll be playing this Sunday evening at the newly reopened Crocodile. The Crocodile was in Belltown for decades. They're in a new space that is a lot bigger and a lot fancier. There's a restaurant now. There's a comedy club/bar. There's a smaller space for concerts from lesser-known bands, and there's also a hotel.

Base Independent Production: Timber

This is a musical performance at Base, a performance venue in Georgetown, happening this Saturday and Sunday. There are six percussionists drumming on pieces of wood. This is a little experimental. These percussionists will be playing this kind of soundtrack in a way, and the hexagonal installation that they're playing around is also a light installation. The organizers told me that they are hoping to create this sound bath atmosphere almost, almost like a meditation. The organizers say that edibles are recommended, but not required.

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